Aug 10 2005

Able Danger & Atta Update

Published by at 10:57 am under Able Danger/9-11,All General Discussions


I have seen another wave of dismissive rationalizations that use the argument that it was only in hindsight that the Able Danger folks found the names of Atta and Al-Shehhi and the two others from the thousands that would have surfaced from a data mining activity after 9-11. Basically they claim the names were mined post 9-11.

Hate to burst bubbles, but that would mean there never was a request to alert the FBI on these four people in 2000. I like to call this a logic bomb blowing up wild speculation.

When will people stop working so hard to disbelieve, and work hard to find out what happened?

OK, back from the brink. If the report in 2000 from Able Danger was a broad list of names, then I will agree the claims of Able Danger’s were exaggerated by Weldon.


My first two posts on this subject are here (some speculation) and here (facts garnered from news reporting). This update focuses on the response to the revelations that Atta and 3 of his 9-11 cohorts were being monitored well before 9-11, that the monitoring was ordered stopped, and that the 9-11 commissioners were not informed of this matter.

Here is key information. The other three men identified with Atta where Marwan al-Shehhi, Khalid al-Mihdar and Nawaf al-Hazmi . Atta was one of the pilots, so it makes sense these four were the ones who knew the plot in its entirety if they too were pilots.

According to this FBI release in 2001 we can see Atta was not the only key figure in the 9-11 attacks Able Danger had identified:


1) Marwan Al-Shehhi

-Date of birth used: May 9, 1978

-Possible residence(s): Hollywood, Florida

-Believed to be a pilot



1) Khalid Almihdhar – Possible Saudi national

-Possible resident of San Diego, California, and New York

-Alias: Sannan Al-Makki; Khalid Bin Muhammad; ‘Addallah Al-Mihdhar; Khalid Mohammad Al-Saqaf



3) Nawaf Alhazmi – Possible Saudi national

-Possible resident of Fort Lee, New Jersey; Wayne, New Jersey; San Diego, California

-Alias: Nawaf Al-Hazmi; Nawaf Al Hazmi; Nawaf M.S. Al Hazmi

Note that there are no ‘pilots’ identified at this stage for flght AA 77. It appears maybe two terrorists per plane were trained as pilots for the human laden missiles (if you look at the other flights listed in the report). Which would make sense for contigencies where one pilot failed to show up or was taken out somehow.

More here on the core leaders from an article a year after 9-11

Although 15 of the hijackers were from Saudi Arabia, federal prosecutors have alleged in court documents that it was Mohamed Atta of Egypt, Ziad Jarrah of Lebanon and Marwan Al-Shehhi of the United Arab Emirates who “formed and maintained an al-Qaida terrorist cell in Germany” in the late 1990s.

The three Sept. 11 pilots lived in Hamburg, where they studied at universities and worked at a computer-packing company

For an initial response to this disturbing news so far we have comments from the 9-11 families – apparently the ones who were not out insinuating Bush and his administration were at fault

group of 9/11 widows called the September 11th Advocates issued a statement Wednesday saying they were “horrified” to learn that further possible evidence exists, and they are disappointed the 9/11 commission report is “incomplete and illusory.”

“The revelation of this information demands answers that are forthcoming, clear and concise,” the statement said. “The 9/11 attacks could have and should have been prevented.”

It is clear we had an opportunity to take out the ring leaders. Everyone needs to recall most of the hijackers had no idea what was going on that day until the last minute. Without Atta and his 3 cohorts , the 9-11 attacks could very well have been stopped.

As I see more responses I will add them to this post. The response to this will be very important in determining how this plays out.

7 responses so far

7 Responses to “Able Danger & Atta Update”

  1. afavish says:

    Since the deficiencies of the 9/11 Commission are back in the news, interested readers will want to see the two articles of mine at
    that establish other important information the 9/11 Commission missed.

  2. Decision '08 says:

    Able Danger:Is the Problem How We Got Atta’s Name?

    I must confess that the Able Danger/Mohammed Atta story has, like the Plamegate scandal, so many threads to follow that I find it difficult isolating the significant facts, times, documents, etc., so as a public service to those who may be similarly …

  3. […] AJ at the Strata-Sphere has a ton of posts on dots that were not connected- and that the 9/11 commission missed. […]

  4. Decision '08 says:

    9/11 Commission: Oh, Yeah, NOW We Remember

    On the heals of a New York Times story revealing that the 9/11 commission knew of, but ignored, the Able Danger/Atta angle, the always-excellent MinuteMan is now convinced, as AJStrata was from the beginning, that the Able Danger story represents a m…

  5. AJ, you probably already know this, but TKS at National Review linked this…Cheers!

  6. AJStrata says:


    Yes, I caught that last night. I also got one from The Anchoress (she is incredibly nice), Dr Sanity, a Gates of Vienna on LGF, Jawa Report mention – and of course Decision ’08!

    I saw someone from the US House perusing the place yesterday.

    Sort of stunning. Not much work getting done today as I soak it in.

  7. Monday Morning Intelligence with Kool Aid and the

    Ok, I’ve been on the phone now for…oh, about three days, to some old chums in Tampa, checking this story out, asking questions,…etc. So far what I’ve heard is that IF this story is true, then those who are really in the know in the Intel world ar…